SOLD FOR: $2225
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: M1 Garand .308 Expert Grade. An M1 Garand Rebuilt and rechambered in .308. The conversion was done by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).
Serial Number: 5371540
Year of Manufacture: 1954 to 1955. Barrel Date: November, 2018
Caliber: .308 Winchester (7.62x51mm)
Action Type: Semi Auto, En Bloc Clip Fed
Markings: There is no visible import mark.
Receiver: “U.S. RIFLE / CAL. .30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 5371540”
Trigger Group: D28290-W.R.A.”- A Winchester part (page 90 of Joe Poyer’s M1 GARAND 1936 to 1957, 6th Edition).
Hammer: “C46008-7 SA”– A Springfield part (page 98).
Safety: “C46015-6SA” – A Springfield part (page 103).
Follower: “12” – Used by Springfield & Winchester (page 83).
Receiver Leg: “A 5 4”, and “F 6528291” – Correct for the Springfield serial number (page 756 of Bruce Canfield’s book, The M1 Garand Rifle).
Op Rod: “6535382 HRA” – A Harrington & Richardson part (page 71).
Barrel: “CBI .308 11010457 1-10 .93 11/18 5K” – A new production (November, 2018) Criterion barrel chambered in .308 Winchester with a 1 in 10 twist.
Bolt: “D28287-12SA / S-B10 diamond”- A Springfield part (page 53).
The stock and sights are described below.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade set between two protective wings. The rear sight is a fully adjustable aperture sight set between two protective wings. The windage knob is marked “LEFT arrow” twice and “DRC”. The elevation knob is marked from “2-12” in increments of two.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The left side of the new production hardwood stock is marked with “boxed” a CMP cartouche containing “CMP / eagle holding arrows”.
The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nose caps, a stacking loop, two sling loops and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage in the butt. The wood shows a few small handling marks. There are small edge chips at the front of the trigger group. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to CMP Conversion
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp & deep. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The gas tube has been refinished in gun paint. Surface erosion shows through the new finish on the receiver and trigger group. The barrel & gas tube show scrapes. The gas cylinder lock shows thinning. The remaining metal shows scuffs and light handling marks. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes in a black plastic CMP hard case that is marked on both sides with “CMP / www.theCMP.org”, the CMP seal “stars / eagle holding arrows”, and with other information. The rifle comes with an M1 Garand owner’s manual, and M1 Garand clip and a CMP Certificate of Authenticity. The certificate is marked with the rifle’s serial number and “M1 Garand .308 Expert Grade”.
Our Assessment: The U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 is known affectionately as “the Garand” after its inventor, John Garand. The rifle would become the first standard-issue semi-automatic infantry rifle in the world. While some countries entered the war with limited issued semi-automatic rifles or developed such rifles during the war, America was the only nation to enter with its Army issuing autoloading rifles on a large scale. General Patton famously referred to the rifle as “the greatest battle implement ever devised”. Millions were produced during WWII and hundreds of thousands afterward, seeing use through the Korean War and into the Vietnam War. Interestingly, while many other weapons and military items would see production contracts sent out to otherwise non-related companies, during WWII production remained with Springfield Armory and Winchester. It was only after the war that production would be contracted out to another gunmaker, Harrington & Richardson, as well as the agricultural equipment maker, International Harvester.
This Springfield Armory M1 Garand dates to 1950’s. It has since been completely rebuilt and refinished by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The barrel and stock are new production parts. It is now an M1 Garand .308 Expert Grade. The Criterion barrel is chambered in .308 Winchester with a 1 in 10 twist rate. The rifle looks great and the bore is strong & bright. This M1 Garand comes with a CMP Certificate of Authenticity and a CMP hard case. Good luck.